A photographer who raped a model in his studio apartment could have even more victims, and police have urged them to come forward.
Sritharan Sayanthan, 42, lured the model, who was paying him for pictures, to a local pub by convincing her it was a networking event, police said.
He encouraged her to get drunk “very quickly” before leading her back to his studio on Brompton Road in central London, where he raped her after she passed out on the floor.
Sayanthan was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday, but police said the woman, in her 30s, may not be the only one who was assaulted.
After the woman reported him in July last year, Sayanthan, from Fitzrovia, London, was found guilty by a jury on two counts of rape and another of attempted rape.
Detective Constable Sophie Baker said two historic allegations of sexual assault against clients by Sayanthan in 2012 and 2015 were used in court as evidence of bad behavior against him.
She said: “The victim survivor in this case was fantastic from start to finish.”
“It can be daunting for victims to describe the incident in court, but she did an amazing job and personally I am very proud of her courage and grateful that she came forward.”
“We also believe there may be other victims of Sayanthan and encourage anyone who wishes to speak to us to get in touch.”
“No information is too small and you will be listened to and supported.”
“Anyone with information about Sayanthan should call the police on 101 with the reference number 1852/31JUL22.”
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